Police Announce Release of 25 Fulani Herders Illegally Detained in Zamfara
The Zamfara State Police Command has facilitated the release of 25 Fulani herders illegally held by local vigilantes in Dansadau Emirate, Maru Local Government area of the state.
The release of the victims is part of the ongoing push for dialogue with kidnappers and bandits to restore lasting peace in the state.
The victims, comprising men, women and children, were apprehended by the vigilantes, locally known as Yansakai, on April 9, 2019.
This is contained in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau on Friday by the Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Governor Bello Matawalle had initiated dialogue with bandits as part of efforts to address the security challenges facing the state.
The state chapter of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association had in an earlier meeting with the governor, accused local vigilantes of arbitrary arrests, torture and branding of all Fulani herders as thieves and bandits.
“The release of the victims is in line with the ongoing peace and dialogue mission initiated by the state government,” the police said.
Already, the police commissioner has handed over the released 25 victims to Gov. Matawalle at the Government House Gusau, who appreciated the police for working assiduously to ensure peace and safety in Zamfara State.
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